Detox Diary and a Recipe

So remember when I told you I was detoxing? Yea, that’s still happening. Today is Day 5 and it’s actually going really well. Read more about what I’ve been eating and how I’ve been feeling.

Day 1

Breakfast: Almond Milk Matcha Latte mixed with Vital Proteins Collagen  and Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrot Breakfast Bowl. (recipe below)

I felt a little buzz after having the matcha, like a high! It was awesome. I wonder if this was how I felt when I first had coffee… hmm. 

Lunch: Sautéed Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Potatoes topped with nutritional yeast,olive oil, Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute, salt and pepper.

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Shredded Chicken, Peas, and Sweet Potatoes topped with olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.

Snacks: Green Tea, Fatty Coconut Nut Balls, Dark Chocolate, Banana.

Yes, snacking on a detox is fine! If you’re active and working out, snacking and keeping your energy up is a great idea especially if you’re snacking on quality fats and protein. 

img_7817Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrot Breakfast Bowl & Matcha Latte

Day 2

Breakfast: Almond Milk Matcha Latte mixed with Vital Proteins Collagen and Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrot Breakfast Bowl.

Lunch: Grain-free Vegetarian Lasagna at Hu Kitchen.

Hu Kitchen specializes in organic everything, hormone-free meat, and uses minimal ingredients. They keep it REAL.  I was out and about and hungry and knew that I could walk through these doors and find something that was compliant with the elimination diet. This lasagna was unreal and I was SO FULL. The “cheese” they used was made out of cashews and it was to die for. 

Dinner: Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, Brussel sprouts, and Sweet Potatoes over a bed of Spinach at Whole Foods.

Snacks: Apple Cinnamon Larabar and the Golden Milk Turmeric Latte from Bluestone Lane Coffee. I AM OBSESSED. 

As you can see I ate out a lot on Friday and I still stuck to the cleanse. It’s not easy when you’re out and about but if you do proper research, you can find places that have exactly what you’re looking for. If you aren’t sure about ingredients, ask the chef, or ask to see the nutritional facts, most places should be able to provide you with the comfort of knowing exactly what you’re putting in your mouth. I am lucky to live in NYC where there are numerous healthy restaurants and a Whole Foods at least every 20 blocks. That’s not to say there isn’t temptation, because that $1 pizza joint  and that empanada truck I passed on the way to Whole Foods smelled better than it ever has in my entire life… it’s funny when you start to crave things that you never eat. That’s detoxing for you.

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Day 3

Breakfast: Almond milk Matcha Latte with a Smoothie (Avocado, Spinach, Pineapple, Celery, and Coconut Water)

Lunch: Lentil Dahl (curried lentils) with Kale, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash, and Potato topped with a homemade Tahini Dressing

Dinner: Coconut Chicken Curry with Asparagus, Purple Cabbage, Carrot, and Potato

Snack: Fatty Coconut Nut Balls, Peanut Butter, and Kombucha

Today was a hard day. I had a horrible headache from sun-up to sun-down. I was definitely going through withdrawal from caffeine and sugar. It sucked, honestly. I tried to run three miles and everything hurt. I walked a couple of miles afterwards because it was a beautiful day but couldn’t enjoy myself because my head hurt so much. But I didn’t give up, I didn’t grab a cup of coffee. I took a long hot shower and tried to rest as much as possible. This is important to do when you’re on a detox. Your body is going through a lot so it’s important to take it easy, which means rest and sleep… a lot of it. 

 

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Bluestone Lane’s Golden Milk and Beet Latte, oh so beautiful.

Day 4

Breakfast: Green Tea and a Smoothie (Avocado, Banana, Spinach, Collagen, and Coconut Water)

Second Breakfast: Roasted Potatoes and Oranges

Lunch: N/A yea… not good… I was at work.

Dinner: Lentil Dahl with Kale, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Potatoes

Snacks: Fatty Coconut Nut Balls, Almonds, Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrot Bowl

I surprisingly felt very energized throughout the day and I attribute that to my amazing Avocado Smoothie! I’m obsessed. It’s silky texture reminds me of a milkshake. I packed it with protein and good fat that sustained my energy. At work I had some roasted potatoes and oranges because I needed a little something, but no lunch… that’s how it goes sometimes. Instead of beating myself up, I look at how well I fueled myself to sustain a long, hard, day at work and look to do better next time. 

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I woke like this. With an Avocado Smoothie in hand. Or within 15 minutes of waking up…

Day 5 

Breakfast: Almond Milk Matcha Latte and a… you guessed it, Avocado Smoothie!  I can’t stop. Except tomorrow I might have to since I ran out of avocados… 

Lunch: Shrimp Papaya Salad from Chop’t with no dressing, just lemon, lime, and olive oil. This was YUM! 

Dinner: Curried Lentil Dahl with Pulled Chicken, Butternut Squash, and a Potato.

Snacks: Salmon Avocado Cauliflower Rice Sushi roll and a Golden Milk Turmeric Latte from Bluestone Lane Coffee again because, it’s ridiculous and I’m obsessed.

As you can tell, once I find something that’s healthy and delicious I can’t get enough of it. I should probably vary my diet a bit more than I do, but when you’re cleansing and detoxing I  think that it’s comforting to have a few go-to meals that you know are satisfying and delicious. It helps keep the: “oh my god I can’t eat anything. I give up. Give me the bag of chips.” at bay.

The hardest part of the cleanse so far is making plans with friends and having to explain that I’d rather not go to that restaurant, or that bar, and asking them if they’d like to come over to my apartment instead. This takes so much discipline and dedication, but it is possible. All of my friends are understanding and for that, I am grateful. But I do want to buy a bottle of wine and make pasta, or eat BBQ, or go to that new Dim Sum place with them! It’ll happen, just not now, and that’s okay. I know why I’m doing this, and that I’ll feel great afterwards,  so it’s worth it.

I want to emphasize that this is a cleanse and not the way I plan to live my life from now on. Detoxes and cleanses aren’t meant to be maintained for longer than a month or two. Once you detox, you slowly reintroduce your body to the things you eliminated, and you’ll discover what you should keep, and what you should minimize. It’s about balance. It’s not about giving up social engagements that involve any sort of food or drink and staying at home by yourself. That’s not sustainable. It’s about getting rid of cravings, getting in touch with your true wants in regards to food and drink, giving your body a break and eliminating toxins and allergens so you can start with a blank slate.

Okay, day 5 almost done, 9 to go.

Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrot Breakfast Bowl Recipe

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Health Benefits: High in fiber, protein, vitamins, quality fats, betacarotene, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato, mashed (I make a big batch ahead of time and heat up)
  • 1-2 Carrots, mashed (see above)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened, plain dairy free yogurt, or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • sprinkle of coconut shreds
  • sprinkle of nuts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Other topping ideas: granola, flax seeds, cacao nibs, dates, banana, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, freeze dried, or regular dried,  fruit (no sugar added)

Mix the sweet potato and carrot together in small saucepan with the coconut oil. Dash with cinnamon and mix until heated through. Put the mixture into a bowl and top it up! It’s that easy.

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